Definitions

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  • v. to depend on, depend upon, be contingent upon

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be contingent on

Etymologies

1700, hinge (verb) + on. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Kirby’s book, however, didn’t engage scientists on their terms; instead, he invoked disputes over fringe research in order to move the discussion into the realm of public opinion, where the conversation would hinge on impressions gleamed from sound bites, pull quotes, and drive-time radio segments.

    The Panic Virus

  • All at once Lord Luxon questioned Alice’s counterfactual advice, for how could the fate of such a powerful nation hinge on the outcome of one reckless attempt to cross a river?

    THE TIME QUAKE

  • The case, then, would hinge on whether the Gottsdankers could show that Cutter had violated what in legal terms is referred to as an “implied warranty.”

    The Panic Virus

  • But Gordeyeva also predicted that the Olympic gold would hinge on Sikharulidze’s nerves.

    THE SECOND MARK

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